• Wed, May 1 2013

Tapping: The New Way To Deal With Stress and Anxiety

Stressed out? Try tapping!

Nick Ortner is the new author of the The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress Free Living. It’s a progressive healing method that’s he’s been an evangelist for and has popularized with his World Tapping Summit and talks. You may have also caught his film about tapping last year, or heard about Ortner’s work from wellness gurus like Kris Carr, Christiane Northrup, M.D., and Mark Hyman, M.D., all of whom say we should get over our skepticism and give tapping a try.

Tapping famously takes just a few minutes to learn and you can do it anywhere, says Ortner, whom we spoke with while he was in New York for his book launch and talk. He shared that tapping is helpful for stress, anxiety, and lots of other physical and emotional issues. But can it cure us of our skepticism? Read on …

If you haven’t heard of Tapping or EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), you might think it’s weird. And if you have, you might want to how works and if it actually does? Can you break this down for us, please?

We call it tapping because we’re literally tapping on endpoints of meridians on our body, while focusing on what’s stressing us out or challenging us. It’s a combination of ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Latest research is showing that when we tap on these endpoints on the meridians, while focusing on the stressors in our lives, it sends a calming effect to the fight/flight part of our brain—the amygdala. So we’re retraining the brain to react differently to that stimulus of whatever is bothering us.

Is this for stress? Who can benefit from tapping?

Everyone can benefit from tapping because we all have some form of stress in our lives. Someone with a phobia like fear of heights or flying can also have very powerful results because this is a technique that affects us within a couple minutes. Most doctors and people who are treating patients, don’t know what to do about stress, and this is a simple solution for those struggling. Any moment you’re feeling overwhelmed or panicked, you can do the tapping right then and there for instant relief. You can feel it in your body very quickly, which is nice because you don’t have to wait for gradual effects (like meditation). So while tapping on each meridian, you would say, “Even though I’m feeling anxious about the future, I love and accept myself.”

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